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Hone Your Genealogy Skills

Jean Huot Smoorenburg

April 6, 2014


In the past two weeks there have been several things happen in the genealogical community that will greatly advance your skills and research capabilities on the Internet.

Free Online Resources

Databases from home Using your Library Card

American Ancestors Resource provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). (In Library Use Only)

Ancestry Library Edition Genealogy research database with over 4,000 databases and counting. The library edition provides access to United States and International records. (In Library Use Only)

Fold3 Collection of US history resources - includes US military records, photos, naturalization records and more.

Heritage Quest Genealogy research database with United States census information, historical books, Revolutionary War Pension files, and the Periodical Resource Index (PERSI). (Use from home or the library)

Historic Map Works Searchable library of historic maps and city directories from any rural areas. Overlay maps into Google Maps to view current and old geography. (Use from home or the library)

Obituary Database Search Library created searchable database offering an obituary index from two local newspapers: The Courier and The Montgomery County News. Currently the database covers 1911-1912 & 1993-2001 of the Courier and 1922 of the Montgomery County News. The database is updated weekly. To request a full obituary report, complete the Obituary Request Form. (Use from home or the library)

The Portal to Texas History Contains collections across Texas from 1829 to present. Search the Conroe Courier & the Montgomery Chronicle as early as 1896.

Texas Digital SanBorn Maps Created for fire insurance liability beginning in 1867, these maps show many buildings located in cities throughout Texas. (Use from home or the library)


Ancestry.com Wiki

Ancestry.com announced several new products today. The Ancestry.com Wiki is a great place for family history education. Built on a solid foundation of genealogical reference material, the Ancestry.com Wiki is free to read, edit, add to, and discuss. One that is available now is the online versions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources.

Note these posts will be monitored by certified genealogists so you can be assured of correct information.


If you haven't taken a look, you should.  Many states have significant numbers of new records of over 300 million records, including births, deaths, marriages, US and state censuses, probate records, pension records, etc. Some of these only have the indexes at this point; others have images too.  The LDS library estimates that it should have all its microfilms digitized within the next ten years. If you have some free time you might like to volunteer to do some indexing for them.


Genealogy Learning Aids


Adult Leisure Learning - ALL Program at Lone Star College

From FamilySearch

From Ancestry.com Learning Center


Happy Hunting!



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